School attitudes and the processes put in place for the support of students are the starting place for successful transitions to university. Drawing on focus groups with refugee background youth in school settings who aspired to attend university, along with interviews of mainstream and specialist English as an Additional Dialect [EAL/D] teachers, EAL/D support staff and administrators, this chapter examines the key role that schools can play in supporting and/constraining school-to-university transition. In particular, it identifies the major enablers and barriers for fostering successful transition. Findings suggest that transition into university from school was rarely dependent on previous educational experience, but a combination of individual ambition and the support young people received in helping them to engage with the system (Brownlees & Finch, 2010, p. 95). This is where teachers played a crucial role as cultural mediators between school and university, as they initiated students into the new logic of practice from school to university.
|Title of host publication||Refugee background students transitioning into higher education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Navigating complex spaces|
|Editors||Loshini Naidoo, Jane Wilkinson, Misty Adoniou, Kiprono Langat|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 18 May 2018|